Buffy is the name of the lucky feline to benefit from an owner with some woodworking skills and an incurable case of fandom. The bipedal walker model is crafted from scraps left over from a home renovation and took four weekends to complete.… Read more
Last year, we heard about the first article of Catalytic Clothing, an experimental dress that pulls pollutants out of the atmosphere. Now the technology is moving along to the point where it could be used as a liquid laundry additive and become part of our regular clothes washing chores.
According to a release from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in the U.K., "Within just two years, we could all be wearing clothes that purify the air as we simply move around in them."… Read more
Talking Tom Cat 2 is a well-designed app that provides a virtual pet cat that responds to touch and repeats everything you say in a funny voice. Despite its well-designed interface, even true cat lovers might get bored with the limited interaction offered in this free version.
As soon as you launch the program, Tom the cat appears in the center of your display and you can pet him, poke him, or even try to grab his tail if you can (we couldn't). The interface is well-designed with easy-to-understand control buttons spread across the right and left of the … Read more
They danced, and they barked, and they hitched rides on Roombas. But in the end, no amount of cat cuteness could match the emotional punch of "Henri 2, Paw de Deux," a searing documentary of a tortured feline that last night won the coveted people's choice award at the first Internet Cat Video Festival.
The black-and-white film brilliantly portrays the existential struggles of a black cat known as Henri Le Chat Noir, who spares nothing as he bravely invites the cameras into the dark corners of his soul.
"I am free to go, yet I remain," Henri shares in French voiceover, as the camera zooms in on him staring forlorn out a window. "The 15 hours a day I sleep have no effect. I wake to the same tedium." … Read more
I've noticed something shocking lately. Many Web sites don't have any cats on them at all. The CNET front page, for example, is completely devoid of Nyans, monorail cats, and keyboard cats. What has the online world come to?
Thank goodness for Meowbify. When you run a URL through Meowbify, it puts everything into its rightful place. Cats become the stars of BBC News. Animated cat .gifs take over GameSpot. The official White House site is invaded by a white cat popping out of a box. All is right with the world.… Read more
After a seven-month wait for a bone marrow transplant, 16-year-old Maga Barzalla Sockemtickem endured a lengthy post-transplant treatment at Seattle Children's Hospital. Maga's compromised immune system meant periods of isolation from the outside world. She hadn't seen her cat Merry for more than a month. … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Sol Republic introduces headphones for cats.
- Digipacking: what to put on your emergency flash drive.
- Literally the worst word on the planet.
- How to use psychological tactics to avoid strangers on the bus.
- eBay testing same-day delivery service for iOS called eBay now.
No, really, I'm not kidding. You can buy a set of headphones for your cat for $999. No joke. Well, it is sort of a joke, but it's still real.
Headphone maker Sol Republic may be best known these days for having its product semipermanently glued to Michael Phelps' head whenever he's not in the water. Now it can also be known as the company that created headphones for cats.
It's part marketing stunt, part viral video, and part genius. The tiny headphones were developed with the help of music producer deadmau5 and Professor Meowingtons, a black-and-white shorthair. … Read more
My sofa has seen better days thanks to the hundreds of tiny claw pricks left by three cats. When I finally get around to replacing it, I would sure like to pick up a Cat Tunnel Sofa.
The Cat Tunnel Sofa incorporates a place for humans to sit, but it also features a bending tube for cats to play in. This means you're not likely to get much relaxing done as Toehawks and Ms. Floofer scurry around like hamsters right behind your head.
Korean designer Seungji Mun was inspired by the concept of pets as companions and the growing market for pet products.… Read more
This Wednesday's top stories are sharing the love of data (but not the love of sharing data):
It began with Verizon, and now AT&T has joined the data-sharing movement. Starting in August, new AT&T customers will be signing up for "Mobile Share" plans. All have unlimited voice and text, but you pick how much data you need, and up to 10 devices can share from that bucket of data. Generally speaking, AT&T and Verizon's plan prices are pretty similar in the lower data tiers. Depending on your needs, one can … Read more